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Cowboy Camping

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Offline dprather

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Cowboy Camping
« on: February 13, 2020, 09:57:50 PM »
I'm considering abandoning my tent for an upcoming OMLO solo - then I ran into this less that reassuring quote from a backcountry site: "My gut feeling is that this idea of snuggly snakes is totally myth you can very probably go Cowboy camping without much fear of a snakey awakening."

The source of this quote suggested that an episode of THE RIFLEMAN gave rise to the "snuggly snakes" myth.

Opinions??

Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Minimal

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Re: Cowboy Camping
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2020, 10:31:32 PM »
I'm considering abandoning my tent for an upcoming OMLO solo

OMLO? Please excuse my ignorance.

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Re: Cowboy Camping
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2020, 10:38:26 PM »
opinion:  cowboy camping in the bend is so spectacular Im going to choose to pretend I never read this or ever heard that a snuggly snake myth existed.

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Re: Cowboy Camping
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2020, 10:58:32 PM »
I didn't buy my first tent until after I was married in my early 20s.  All my camping before then was "cowboy camping" in South Texas brush country.  Never had a "snugly snake" episode.  I worry more about ticks.

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Re: Cowboy Camping
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2020, 06:28:39 AM »
Lose the tent for winter camping in the Bend.

Snuggly snakes are a myth. This time of year they (and most other creepy crawlies) are tucked away underground and will not bother you.

Less weight in your pack, less hassle setting up and breaking camp, and fantastic views of the Big Bend night sky.

If the forecast predicts precipitation, take a lightweight tarp that you can quickly pitch just in case.

Cowboy camping is all Ive ever done in the Bend. Not a single snake encounter.
"The animals here will generally try to avoid you, but the plants will hurt you every chance they get."

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Re: Cowboy Camping
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2020, 06:59:46 AM »
Lose the tent for winter camping in the Bend.

Snuggly snakes are a myth. This time of year they (and most other creepy crawlies) are tucked away underground and will not bother you.

Less weight in your pack, less hassle setting up and breaking camp, and fantastic views of the Big Bend night sky.

If the forecast predicts precipitation, take a lightweight tarp that you can quickly pitch just in case.

Cowboy camping is all Ive ever done in the Bend. Not a single snake encounter.

This ^^^^

I haven't ever carried a tent in Big Bend, just a tarp, can't imagine losing that night sky.

temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: Cowboy Camping
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2020, 07:00:31 AM »
I'm considering abandoning my tent for an upcoming OMLO solo

OMLO? Please excuse my ignorance.

Pretty sure he means an OML.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
http://40yearsofwalking.wordpress.com/

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Offline Minimal

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Re: Cowboy Camping
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2020, 07:37:17 AM »
I'm considering abandoning my tent for an upcoming OMLO solo
OMLO? Please excuse my ignorance.

Pretty sure he means an OML.

I thought there might be some other super secret addition to the OML that warranted an extra O.

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Offline dprather

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Re: Cowboy Camping
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2020, 08:11:36 AM »
I'm considering abandoning my tent for an upcoming OMLO solo

OMLO? Please excuse my ignorance.

That's solo OML when you are not concentrating on what you are doing  :icon_biggrin:
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Cowboy Camping
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2020, 08:17:57 AM »
I'm considering abandoning my tent for an upcoming OMLO solo
OMLO? Please excuse my ignorance.

Pretty sure he means an OML.

I thought there might be some other super secret addition to the OML that warranted an extra O.

An OML with an injury = OML UH-OH
A Great OML = OML OH!
An OML when your backing buddy brings his friend who talks too much = OML OH NO!
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Cowboy Camping
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2020, 02:03:41 PM »
I'm considering abandoning my tent for an upcoming OMLO solo
OMLO? Please excuse my ignorance.

Pretty sure he means an OML.

I thought there might be some other super secret addition to the OML that warranted an extra O.

An OML with an injury = OML UH-OH
A Great OML = OML OH!
An OML when your backing buddy brings his friend who talks too much = OML OH NO!

If alone, SOLOML.

If not solo, but with your chill Jewish buddy, go with SHLOMOML.

But If both of you travel at my typical pace, you'll have to call it a SLOMOML.


In any case, go cowboy.  In all my 25 years of backpacking in BIBE, it's the only way I've ever done it.  Bring a tarp or a tarptent in case it rains.  Snakes don't want to get anywhere near a big old hairy hot mammal if they can avoid it.  Now, scorpions.......
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

 


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